The French government is concerned that China and the United States are at the forefront of AI, and the country needs to, if not lead, then at least have a say in the development of a technology that could fundamentally change every industry. “There’s no chance of controlling any effects (of these technologies) or having a say on any adverse effect if we’ve missed the start of the war,” Macron said when he announced the AI funding.
But the talent issue is also on the government’s radar. On the day of the AI announcement, France’s minister of finance, Bruno Le Maire, derided the country’s high-tech worker problems. “France pays for the training of doctoral students who then head to the United States,” Le Maire said. This move may encourage students to stay.
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